8Bar Bike lights up the night

1:36PM | Tuesday, 29 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Cycling at night can be hazardous. Thankfully, a German company has had the bright idea of building a glow-in-the-dark bicycle, shedding some light on a business opportunity that’s sure to glow.

Planning  | Business ideas

Energy efficiency start-up BuildingIQ scoops $9 million in funding

1:22AM | Tuesday, 29 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

Energy efficiency start-up BuildingIQ has secured $9 million in venture funding, just 18 months after snagging $1.2 million in backing from Commercialisation Australia.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Andrew Bogut hopes new start-up venture is a slam dunk

1:47PM | Friday, 25 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

Andrew Bogut, Australia’s premier basketballer, has launched a new venture that aims to help Australian start-ups gain contacts and funding opportunities in Silicon Valley.

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Combet warns the high Aussie dollar is "here to stay": Five ways to adapt

1:25PM | Friday, 25 January 2013 | Cara Waters

Greg Combet says struggling manufacturers should just get used to a high Aussie dollar and change their game plans to suit.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow  | Sole trader

Coffee-leaf tea offers best of both worlds

1:52PM | Friday, 25 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Do you prefer tea or coffee? Now you can have the best of both worlds, because researchers have discovered how to brew the perfect coffee-leaf tea.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

The law of the jungle: The dinosaurs of retail and media

1:19PM | Friday, 25 January 2013 | Taskmaster

Can the business models of the old media and retail giants be salvaged? Old Taskmaster visited the dinosaur exhibit at a local museum to find out.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing  | Advertising  | Sales  | Leadership

Telstra vows to maintain start-up mindset for new apps unit

1:32PM | Thursday, 24 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Telstra has created a new unit dubbed Global Applications and Platforms, vowing to operate the mobile apps business as a start-up, but with the financial backing to make acquisitions.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Technology

Five top business ideas that made millions

1:06PM | Thursday, 24 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

Do you want to be a millionaire? Still looking for inspiration? Here are five great ideas that grew up into successful businesses. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Planning  | Business ideas  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | How I did it

Super-hyper-mega-ultra-synergy Industries? Time to cut the buzzwords

1:28PM | Thursday, 24 January 2013 | Taskmaster

Can “synergies” and “solutions” really generate sales or win funding for your business? The Taskmaster certainly doesn’t think so.

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Hotel guests offered social media “butler”

1:20PM | Thursday, 24 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Boasting on Twitter can be hard work while you’re being pampered in a luxury hotel. Thankfully, the Madison Hotel in Washington DC now offers a “social media butler” in its luxury package.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Christmas fizzer for small businesses following December sales slump

1:52PM | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Economy-wide spending fell almost 2% in December, according to the latest Commonwealth Bank Business Sales Indicator, despite small businesses’ hopes for a buoyant Christmas shopping season.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Sole trader

Like a Virgin – or a Unilever: Is one brand ever enough?

1:44PM | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 | Taskmaster

When you’re planning a business, it’s natural to spend a lot of time thinking about how you’re going to brand, advertise and market your first product. But what about your second product?

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing  | Advertising  | Sales

ByteLight brings GPS indoors

1:35PM | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Most GPS systems struggle with indoor navigation. Now an enlightened Boston-based start-up called ByteLight is using LED lighting to help you get around in a flash.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Atlassian rolls out second ‘Hack House’ for budding techies

1:36PM | Tuesday, 22 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The first class of Atlassian Hack House graduates have highlighted their achievements since participating in the program, after the second class began work yesterday.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology  | Business advice and education

Grill’d creates Coat of Arms burger – here are three other Australia Day products

1:12PM | Tuesday, 22 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Burger chain Grill’d has come under fire for encouraging Australians to “eat their national emblem” after creating a burger containing kangaroo and emu meat.

 | Business planning  | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing  | Sales

Property start-up Housenet throws its website to the crowd

1:06PM | Tuesday, 22 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

A Sydney-based online real estate start-up has taken an unusual approach to website development by crowdsourcing ideas from the public over the functionality and concept of its offering.

 | Business planning  | Technology  | Social media  | Websites

The warm glow of nostalgia or the cold shoulder of a zombie brand?

1:51PM | Tuesday, 22 January 2013 | Taskmaster

If you’re launching a new product, there’s a certain appeal to bringing back an old brand from the past. However, as Old Taskmaster discovered, some brands are better left forgotten.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Create a multimedia “eWill” with PassedOn

1:47PM | Tuesday, 22 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

If you could leave a message for your friends and family after you pass away, what would you tell them? Thanks to PassedOn, you can leave an eWill message to the loved ones you leave behind.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Eastern seaboard states are neck and neck: CommSec report

1:11PM | Monday, 21 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

There is little to separate Victoria, Queensland and NSW in the way of economic performance, according to the latest CommSec State of the States report, while Tasmania continues to lag.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow

ANZ lauds business services as “story of the year”

1:08PM | Monday, 21 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Small business sales rose 2.8% over the year to the December quarter, according to ANZ’s latest Small Business Sales Trends report, with business services described as “the story of the year”.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow